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The "Black Nun" or "Bank Nun", said to be Sarah Whitehead, is reported to haunt the entrance, corridors and garden where she is buried. She was the sister of bank clerk Philip who was sentenced to death for forgery in 1811, but his crime was kept from her until one day when she visited the bank and inquired after him and a worker told her what had happened. This affected her mind and she refused to accept the truth, visiting the bank every day for many years afterward in black mourning clothes asking after him, only for kind-hearted staff to tell her that he was ill and not available. Bank staff were said to provide her with money but she was convinced that a fortune was being withheld from her and she started to insult the workers in front of customers. In return for not visiting the bank again, it is reported that a large settlement was offered and this worked - for a while anyway, for she has been seen at the Bank in death. Her phantom has also allegedly been seen on Threadneedle Street, asking people who she passed (or, according to one story, "passed through!") if they had seen her brother. Another spectral visitor is a man of about 8 feet in height - it is said he is clerk William Daniel Jenkins (who was really "only" 6 feet 7 1/2 inches tall) who was buried in the garden court to prevent his body being exhumed and used by body snatchers.

Link: The Londonist

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